Boardwalk Basketball Classic Proceeds Disbursed for Scholarships

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The 2013 Boardwalk Basketball Classic tournament proceeds were recently donated to Wildwood High School and Wildwood Catholic High School. Each recipient received $7,000. The Boardwalk Basketball Classic is strictly a not-for-profit event that raises college scholarship money. It is the largest coed basketball tournament in the Country. All those involved with the planning, organization and execution of the tournament are volunteers who donate their time to this worthy cause. All proceeds from the tournament go to the college scholarship funds at the host high schools, Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic. The Boardwalk Basketball Classic has raised over $165,000 in scholarship money since its inception in 1998.

Boardwalk Basketball Classic thanks the Byrne Foundation

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On Monday, December 23 at 5pm in the Wildwoods Convention Center, The Boardwalk Basketball Classic committee unveiled the new basketball floor. The purchase of this new floor would not have been possible if not for the tremendous financial support from the Byrne Foundation.

This floor, that was recently donated to the Boardwalk Basketball Classic, will permanently be dedicated to Mr. Byrne and his foundation. The cost of the floor was nearly $90,000 of which the Byrne Foundation covered nearly all of the cost of this purchase.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic thanks Mr. Jack Byrne, the Byrne Foundation and the J Byrne Insurance Agency for their unwavering support of their community here in the Wildwoods.

Legendary Coach Lends More Than His Name To Generate Scholarships

Coach Bob Hurley Lends His Name & Helping Hand To Nation’s Largest Co-ed High School Basketball Tournament

Bob-Hurley-Press-Conference-1Wildwood, New Jersey — On Friday, September 28, 2012 from 12-1 pm at the Wildwood Convention Center, the legendary Coach Bob Hurley and the Boardwalk Basketball Classic committee announced the launch of the 1st Annual Bob Hurley Elite bracket to be inaugurated on December 30, 2012, as the last games of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic (BBC) tournament. The BBC, held at the Wildwood Convention Center, which spans a six-day period at the end of December, is touted as the largest co-ed high school basketball tournament in the United States, featuring over forty boys’ and forty girls’ teams.

Coach Hurley, a Hall of Fame basketball coach and recent inductee into the New Jersey Hall of Fame stated, “I am humbled and honored to partner with the BBC to feature elite basketball teams in the region and potentially from around the nation.” The BBC anticipates a sellout crowd when the Bob Hurley Elite features the storied St Anthony High School Friars vs. the renowned Panthers of Camden High School. “We are so excited to play host to programs with such rich tradition in high school basketball; it will be a fun evening for basketball fans,” said Ernie Troiano, Jr., president of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

The press conference included:

  • the ceremony commemorating the naming of the new Elite bracket after Coach Hurley
  • the announcement of the four teams participating in the inaugural Elite bracket competition

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic is in its 16th year of operation. This annual event raises scholarship funds for deserving students of Wildwood High school and Wildwood Catholic High School. To date, the BBC has awarded over two hundred thousand dollars in scholarships. The tournament also provides an opportunity for hundreds of student-athletes to compete in an outstanding basketball environment.

Ernie Troiano, Jr. receives Distinguished Service Award

ETaward2Wildwood, NJ – Ernie Troiano, Jr. was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Albert J. Carino Boys South Jersey Basketball Club. He was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at a recent event. Throughout most of his adult life, he has devoted much of his time fostering and promoting high school basketball in South Jersey – especially along the lower Jersey shore area.

He is a former standout player at Wildwood High School under Hall-of-Fame Coach Bernie McCracken. Troiano the went on to play in college and continued playing on a competitive level until a few years ago.
ETaward1Troiano and several other people in the Wildwood area formed the annual Boardwalk Basetball Classic in 1998. The six day tournament held in the Wildwoods Convention Center over the Christmas holidays, is currently the lasrgest in the country. It draws over 70 boys and girls teams each year. The tournament is comprised of brackets named in memory of residents from the area.

The event is held to raise college scholarship money for the two local high schools – Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic High Shcools. Since the tournament began, over $275,000 have been generated in scholarship monies for the area students.

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